Original Broadcast: November 2009
Monthly Theme: Judah's Kings
And Asa did what was right in the eyes of the LORD,
as David his father had done.
(1 Kings 15:11)
It's the fourth generation of the Davidic kingdom and we FINALLY get to someone who does what is right. Asa put away the idols that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had put up in Jerusalem and the surrounding area. He put all the male cult prostitutes out of the land. He destroyed his own mother's idol. "The heart of Asa was wholly true to the LORD all his days" (v14).
Asa demanded a reformation in the hearts, minds and souls of the people of Judah. He demanded that they return to the LORD their God. Asa sought just as the prophet Joel: "Return to the LORD, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love" (2:13).
Because of Asa's reforms, God forgave the sins of the people. Asa's call for repentance brought about God's relenting of the disaster that awaited them. God forgives all who come to Him in faith and repent of their sins--confessing them and begging for mercy and help to keep from doing them. God is a forgiving God, "gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love." This steadfast love drives us to love all those around us, emboldening us to speak about His love shown to us on a daily basis. Amen.